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D.C. weather photos: Rain and flooding 9/30

September 30, 2010 - 09:33 AM
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It's raining - everywhere, all day. Snap some photos of rain or flooding near you and share them with our community by sending them to heytbd@gmail.com, or upload using our submission form on the site or in your TBD mobile app.

See all the great photos in our gallery below.

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TBD offering free workshop of Social Media for Bloggers

September 29, 2010 - 09:06 AM
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Bloggers know reaching out on social media is important for getting readers to their sites - but who has the time to keep up with all of those profiles and updates?

It's with that in mind that TBD and American University present the workshop "Social Media for Bloggers" this Saturday from 10 am to noon at AU's Wechsler Theater (Mary Graydon Center room 315).

This will be the second session in our series of blogging workshops  -- and will be taught by yours truly. 

I'll be going over lots of different ways bloggers can better communicate with readers and market their work on the social web, including:

- Best uses for Twitter in sharing content and gathering info

- Using Foursquare to share your expertise

- Setting up Facebook for both work and play

- Breaking into the Digg and Reddit communities

- And lots of other stuff...

If there's a particular social media tool or question you'd like answered in this session, please let me know or leave a comment below. If you'd like to attend this event, please RSVP on our Facebook page or email me at mjenkins[AT]tbd.com.

So why am I teaching this and not some professor type? While I'm not a believer in the idea of anyone being an "expert" in social media - I have a lot of experience messing around with it as the social media producer for TBD. I was also once the social media editor for the Cincinnati Enquirer - and I write a blog on social media and journalism. In short: I'm a nerd for this stuff.

I hope you'll join me this Saturday.

 

 

 

 

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'Anatomy of a News Startup' examines TBD, Project Argo (Video)

September 27, 2010 - 04:56 PM
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Georgetown University has posted a video of the Sept. 16 "Anatomy of a News Startup" discussion with TBD General Manager Jim Brady, Matt Thompson of NPR's Project Argo and Georgetown journalism faculty member Carlos Roig:

 

Newsmaker Lecture: "Anatomy of a News Startup" from Georgetown SCS on Vimeo.

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Metro stations renamed by readers (map)

September 27, 2010 - 03:03 PM
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Last week, we asked you to rename your Metro station. Perhaps spurred by some of the past articles and maps we mentioned that address the delicate issue of determining whether a slash or a dash is best to add descriptors to station names; or perhaps having experience from hundreds of underground transit trips, readers had plenty of suggestions.

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Redskins vs. Rams live chat

September 26, 2010 - 03:32 PM
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We hope you'll join us for the ups, downs, celebrations and tantrums during the Redskins game today. Leading the way, we have:

Ryan Estorninos, Riggo's Rag

Jon Kelman, DC Landing Strip

Daniel Victor, TBD Community Host

We'll also have contributions from TBD's Mike Jones, Samuel Chamberlain, Kevin Robillard and Dan Daly.

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Liveblog of TBD/American University liveblogging workshop

September 25, 2010 - 10:11 AM
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We are liveblogging a workshop on defining your blogging voice at American University's School of Communications. David Johnson is leading. You can contribute your questions, comments and observations here or on Twitter using #tbdau.

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Saturday's book festival celebrates 10 years

September 23, 2010 - 01:27 PM
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A sure sign of fall in the District is the arrival of the annual National Book Festival, sponsored by the Library of Congress.  In the experience of this book lover, the festival always happens to be held on a sweltering day or one that is muggy because it just poured buckets on everyone.

 

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Answering TBD questions from 'tweet wall' at American University panel

September 22, 2010 - 06:29 PM
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The tweet wall behind David Johnson, Jim Brady, Mike Rucki, David Garber and Sylvie Nguyen. Not pictured is panelist Candace Hollingsworth. Photo by Jordyn Phelps.

Questions on Twitter came faster than Jim Brady or blogging panelists could answer them Tuesday night at TBD’s launch-celebration program at American University.

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D.C. Twitterverse talks parking meter rates

September 22, 2010 - 02:06 PM
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D.C. Councilman Jack Evans told Newstalk Wednesday he will soon propose that D.C. roll back parking meter rates to where they were before recent increases kicked in. The increase approved by the Council this spring made it so 25 cents purchased eight minutes of parking time; the second quarter, seven.

Soon after tweeting this announcement, we started to see the reaction and ideas roll in from the D.C. Twitterverse. Here's the gist of it (some multiples by the same users are combined):

 

bonappetitfood: @TBD ha no kidding people are angry! A quarter gets you 7.5 minutes. It's ridiculous!

GeorgetownMet: Future article: People angry about not finding a space MT @TBD: Evans proposes park'g meter rate rollback: People are angry about the meters

pwthornton: @TBD - It's called supply and demand. Parking spots take up very valuable real estate. It should cost a lot to park in city. DC has some of the best public transportation in the world. There is no need to drive in DC. It just makes it less safe for peds.

HH57: @TBD Meter rates should be higher in an effort to deter people from driving to lower traffic, eliminate gridlock, and make DC a better place

pbsenerchia: @TBD They can only charge that much where they have the machines that accept cash/cards. Can't carry a roll of quarters everywhere you go.

perkinsms: @TBD it depends on whether the street is crowded. The same $2 per hour doesn't make sense citywide, but in some areas necessary for demand

tbridge: @TBD if we switched to pay by phone or multispace CC meter across town, it'd be easier to swallow. Carrying rolls of quarters sucks. The street is still vastly cheaper than garages. Make it easy for me to pay legit fees. I don't mind paying a little more if the process of payment is easy. The park by phone solutions kick ass. Easy.

eclisham: @TBD A parking space is not an entitlement, despite what most people seem to think. Depends on objective: discourage car use or generate revenue? High rates, or longer hours/more days/shorter limits?

imgoph: @TBD i don't agree. it's still cheaper than most parking garages.

ppanepento: He has my support RT @TBD: DC Councilman Jack Evans to formally propose DC parking meter rate rollback. "People are angry about the meters."

turnageb: @TBD If it convinces more people that the real costs of driving are too high, and gets them to walk/bike/Metro instead, I'm for it.

jtedc: annoying to carry that many quarters, but pricing is fine. we should raise prices and move to more credit card kiosks.

PressTerp: Absolutely. Are they trying to turn away business?!

wickering: talking about rolling back meter rates is an odd topic on car free day, no?

DCRadioDan: @TBD uh, $2 an hour for on street parking is a pretty sweet deal. It's that or way more if you find a garage. What's all the fuss about. That will help the budget- not [the anger].

marctomik: @TBD Why should private garages be the entities that profit off of parking? Let the city take its share.

greggadren: @TBD The issue isn't price as much the method of payment. If I only get 5 minutes for a quarter, the meter better take plastic.

ajfroggie: @TBD I'm with @perkinsms , set meter rates to match market demand. Also need multi-payment options (besides just quarters).

stanton816: @TBD they may complain, but they're still using them. Meters are also more flexible and convenient than a garage.

kcivey: @TBD The need for quarters is ridiculous, but how can people say $2/hr is some kind of outrage?

 

TBD Community Network partner Greater Greater Washington has a post up on Evans' proposal with suggestions as to what changes should be put into legislation in regards to parking rates.

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How would you rename your Metro station?

September 22, 2010 - 07:00 AM
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Metro map
Photo by DC Metro People

Instead of Navy Yard, how about Nationals Park?

Should U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo just be U Street?

And wouldn't we all be better off if Metro renamed Smithsonian as "Stand Right Walk Left"?

We want to hear your ideas – serious or not – on how Metro stations should be renamed. Give us your thoughts on how the names can be more useful, more accurate, less of a mouthful, or just funnier for locals.

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Car-Free Day poll: Did you drive today?

September 22, 2010 - 04:00 AM
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Wednesday is Car Free Day, when drivers are asked to put away their keys and "make a difference for a day by bicycling, walking, teleworking, carpooling, vanpooling or taking transit."

Events editor Ally Schweitzer sat down with Morris Jones yesterday to discuss Car Free Day.

 

 

The organizers are giving away prizes to those who pledge, such as an iPad or a free bike. Is that, or the feeling of helping the planet, enough to make you take part? Vote in our poll, and leave your comments below.

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TBD, American University offer blogging workshops

September 21, 2010 - 05:37 PM
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TBD and the American University School of Communication will offer a series of workshops for community bloggers starting this Saturday.

As we mentioned our plans to provide training to members of the TBD Community Network, we always received an enthusiastic response. Many of the bloggers are experienced journalists who are teaching themselves to blog. Others are experienced bloggers without training or experience in journalism. And pretty much everyone in digital communication is always eager to learn more, however much we already know.

The workshops are part of an AU partnership with TBD, announced Tuesday evening.

We will present six workshop at AU's Wechsler Theater, all but one of them on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon.

Craig Silverman, editor of RegretTheError.com and author of Regret the Error, has volunteered to lead a workshop on accuracy and verification on Thursday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Silverman is managing editor of PBS Media Shift and Idea Lab, digital journalism director of OpenFile.ca and a columnist for Columbia Journalism Review. TBD and AU appreciate his generosity in leading this workshop.

Two AU faculty members, two TBD staffers and a recent AU graduate student will also lead workshops for the community bloggers:

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TBD launch event at American University (video, photos)

September 21, 2010 - 05:00 PM
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OK, so TBD really launched in August, but tonight at 7 p.m. our friends at American University's School of Communication are hosting us for a launch party and an announcement of a new partnership.

You probably can't all go, but it would be very un-TBD of us not to help you be involved. So further down in this post you can watch streaming video and comment, and we'll post some photos in the gallery. The early part of the program includes TBD General Manager Jim Brady giving a tour and commentary of the site features and design, followed by a panel of our Community Network bloggers with questions from the audience and you on Twitter. Use hashtag #tbdAU.

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Redskins vs. Texans live chat

September 19, 2010 - 02:48 PM
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Join us for a live discussion during today's Redskins-Texans game. We'll have three fan bloggers leading the way, along with appearances from TBD staff members and links to the best of what's happening elsewhere on the web.

Our participants today:

Mark Steven, The Om Field

John Jeffries, BGO.C.D

Ryan Estorninos, Riggo's Rag

Daniel Victor, TBD Community Host

They'll be leading the discussion, and we hope you'll join in.

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H Street Festival 2010 photos

September 18, 2010 - 09:55 AM
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TBD is a sponsor of the H Street Festival taking place this afternoon on H Street NE.

We'll have a venue set up at the former RL Christian Library at 13th and H for use by the TBD Community Network member bloggers, but even if you're not a blogger feel free to stop by and say hello. We'll have some free stuff to give away, including some sleek new TBD iPhone covers.

We'll also be taking and posting photos here after the festival begins at noon. If you have festival photos to share, please send them to heytbd@gmail.com, or upload them through a TBD mobile app.

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Discovery Channel hostages speak on 'Oprah'

September 16, 2010 - 03:05 PM
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The people held hostage in the Discovery Channel headquarters in Silver Spring on Sept. 1 are speaking publicly for the first time today.

We have a sneak preview of their interview with Oprah Winfrey that will air at 4 p.m. today on ABC7. Below we will be liveblogging the interview in an interactive chat where you can comment. Please join us.

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American University program will celebrate TBD launch

September 15, 2010 - 02:04 PM
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We hope you will join TBD for a celebration of our launch and our partnership with the American University School of Communication.

The celebration starts next Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave.

Larry Kirkman, dean of the School of Communication, will discuss the school's partnership with TBD. Jim Brady, TBD General Manager will lead a website tour of TBD.com, explaining some features of the site.

David Garber of And Now, Anacostia, Sylvie Nguyen of Thrifty DC Cook and Candace Hollingsworth of Hyattsville Now will then discuss their experiences in the TBD Community Network.

Following the panel discussion, guests are invited to a reception. The promotional flier is below:

 

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TBD's Jay Westcott: How I did the Redskins-Cowboys time-lapse photo story

September 15, 2010 - 01:08 PM
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I hope you have already enjoyed Jay Westcott's time-lapse photo coverage of Sunday's football game between the Redskins and the Cowboys.

When I watched the project, I had lots of questions: How did he do this? How many images did he shoot? How many cameras did he use? So I asked Jay and he answered:

I've been playing with time-lapse photography for a while and have always wanted to try something large scale like this. When Managing Editor Paul Volpe asked me if I was interested in trying something like this I jumped at the chance.

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Vote for your favorite Metro video

September 15, 2010 - 01:08 PM
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Remember last year's "Arlington Rap" that had the region a-twitter? Remy is back with a new video, this time about the Metro.

We've developed quite a collection of videos related to Metro, all of which have had their turn in the viral circuit. Which one is your favorite?

 

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2010 Primary Election: Best coverage on the web

September 14, 2010 - 03:32 PM
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TBD has a lot of great coverage of today's primary elections (Voting, Ward 4, photos, live chat, crowdsourced map, Moten lists, blogger poll, etc.), but we know no one team can do it all. Here's some pointers for other interesting election coverage around the web.

We'll be updating constantly as we find more sources, so check back often. And if you want to tip us to something good you've seen, e-mail me at jsonderman@tbd.com.

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